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Colossus of the Stone Age (1962)

Maciste contro i mostri (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 25 April 1962 (Italy)
Wandering strongman Maxxus comes upon two warring tribes, the Sun worshipers and the Moon worshipers. He saves the leader of the Sun tribe from a sea monster, then later on when the Moon ... See full summary »

Director:

Guido Malatesta

Writers:

Arpad DeRiso (story and screenplay), Guido Malatesta (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Reg Lewis ... Maciste / Maxus / Germanicus
Margaret Lee ... Moah
Luciano Marin Luciano Marin ... Aydar of the Sun People
Andrea Aureli ... Rhia
Birgit Bergen ... Agmir - Nude Blonde
Nello Pazzafini Nello Pazzafini ... Chief of the Cave People
Maria Kent Maria Kent ... Agmin - Nab's Girlfriend
Fulvia Gasser Fulvia Gasser ... Girl of the Sun People
Rocco Spataro Rocco Spataro ... Dorak
Domenico Maggio Domenico Maggio ... Man of the Sun People (as Mimmo Maggio)
Nando Angelini Nando Angelini ... Man of the Cave People
Nino Milano Nino Milano ... Man of the Sun People
Ivan Pengow Ivan Pengow ... Agur
Tanja Snidersic Tanja Snidersic ... Girl of the Sun People
Demeter Bitenc Demeter Bitenc ... Dorak, Father of Aydar (as Dander Bitenc)
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Storyline

Wandering strongman Maxxus comes upon two warring tribes, the Sun worshipers and the Moon worshipers. He saves the leader of the Sun tribe from a sea monster, then later on when the Moon tribe attacks and kidnaps the Sun tribe's women, they call upon Maxxus for help. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | Yugoslavia

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 April 1962 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Fire Monsters Against the Son of Hercules See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally released in the UK in 1964 under the title "Colossus Of The Stone Age" and re-released 11 years later in 1975 as "Land Of The Monsters". See more »

Quotes

Idar son of Dorak: Please stay with us.
Maciste - U.S. version: Maxus: I thank you, but I must go. I am needed somewhere else. I don't know where or how. It is my destiny.
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Alternate Versions

Embassy Pictures included this among a group of sword and sandal/mythological muscleman epics they put into a U.S. television syndication package called "The Sons of Hercules." The title was changed to "Fire Monsters Against the Son of Hercules." The beginning and ending scores were replaced with a theme song titled "The Sons of Hercules" which was used on all of the films in this syndication package. Some lines of the English dubbed dialog was replaced (using another actor) so that Maxus refers to himself as being a "son of Hercules." After the opening credits, a shot of clouds was inserted and a narrator would explain that the main character in each of the films was a "son of Hercules." See more »

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Silly But Enjoyable
28 October 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Fire Monsters Against the Son of Hercules (1962)

** (out of 4)

Maciste (Reg Lewis), the son of Hercules, is wondering around when he runs into two members of a tribe that worships the Sun. They are being attacked by large fire breathing monster so Maciste kills it. Flash forward and the Moon worshipers are starting to kidnap the women from the Sun tribe so they go to Maciste for help.

FIRE MONSTERS AGAINST THE SON OF HERCULES, the American title of this Italian movie, isn't a film that is meant to be taken serious. Outside of the Mario Bava film HERCULES IN A HAUNTED WORLD, this is the first in the series that I've seen and from the start I couldn't help but think of the Toho Godzilla series with the poor dubbing and rather silly special effects. Of course, I'm sure many people would say the only way to fully enjoy this or even judge it is by watching the original Italian cut but I don't have that available.

As far as this American edit goes, I thought it was actually entertaining as long as you don't expect too much from it. The performances are pretty much what they are and it's certainly hard to judge them with the atrocious accents and dubbing. Poor Maciste appears to be dubbed by someone simply holding their breathe. The film does contain quite a bit of action, which helps keep it move at a nice pace and it's certainly never boring.

As for the title monster, it's a real doozy and appears to have been made from supplied bought at a dollar store. Yes, it looks incredibly cheap and silly but it somewhat adds to the charm.


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